Petition to the will of Zephaniah Kingsley

Petition to the will of Zephaniah Kingsley Page 11

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Page 11 and accord without any coercion whatever of the said Zephaniah Kingsley or of any other person or persons: and that they and each and every of them have ever since remained there To wit at [Haiti] aforesaid, of their own respective free will and accord and without any compulsion or coercion of any person or persons whatever. But your Petitioners aver and insist that if the said Anna Madgigne Jai Kingsley, George Kingsley, John Maxwell Kingsley, Flora Kingsley, Sarah M Kingsley and Micanopy and each of them were free and not slaves at the time when they so respectively went to Hayti as aforesaid and have ever since continued to be free and not slaves and are now free: they cannot nor can either of them return to and become domiciliated in this Territory, nor could they or either of them at the time of death of the said Zephaniah Kingsley, or at any time since have returned to and become domiciliated in this Territory: on the contrary by the Laws and Statutes of this Territory now inforce all free negros and mulattoes are expressly prohibited from migrating to or becoming domiciliated in this Territory: and that all negroes and mulattoes have for a long space of time last past: To wit for more than fifteen years last past been thus prohibited from migrating to or becoming domiciliated in this Territory; and during all that period the migration of free negroes and mulattoes into this Territory has by the Statute Law of the Territory been rendered & is now rendered unlawful. And that the said Anna Madgigne Jai Kingsley, George Kingsley, John Maxwell Kingsley, Flora Kingsley, Sarah M Kingsley and Micanopy and each and every of them at the time when the said supposed Last will and Testament of the said Zephaniah Kingsley was made and executed as aforesaid were and ever since have been and now are therefore wholly incapable of taking any property or interest by devise